HPV Now Found in Two-Thirds of Americans, Survey Finds - kcentv.com - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

HPV Now Found in Two-Thirds of Americans, Survey Finds

Posted: Updated:
NBC/GERMAN CANCER RESEARCH CENTER VIA AP FILE NBC/GERMAN CANCER RESEARCH CENTER VIA AP FILE

(NBC News) -- More than two-thirds of healthy Americans are teeming with HPV, a new survey finds.

But don’t worry — most are benign types of virus, the survey indicates. In fact, having harmless wart virus infections may help control the types that cause warts and cancer, the researchers told a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

There are 109 known different types of human papillomaviruses (HPV). They cause warts and other lesions and two in particular, HPV 16 and HPV 18, cause cancers of the cervix, anus and penis, as well as the mouth and throat. Types 6 and 11 can cause lesions and genital warts, and there are vaccines that protect against either two or four of these types that are now recommended for all children.

Dr. Zhiheng Pei and colleagues at New York University’s Langone Medical Center surveyed tissue samples from 103 men and women, looking at samples from the mouth, skin, genitals and guts. They ran a DNA analysis, looking for HPV DNA.

They found that 69 percent of volunteers were infected with one or more of 109 strains of human papillomavirus (HPV). Only four of them had either HPV 16 or 18.

Most of the infections — 61 percent — were on the skin. HPV was found in 41 percent of samples taken from the vagina, 30 percent from the mouth and 17 percent of the gut samples.

“The HPV 'community' in healthy people is surprisingly more vast and complex than previously thought, and much further monitoring and research is needed to determine how the various non-cancer-causing HPV genotypes interact with the cancer-causing strains, such as genotypes 16 and 18, and what causes these strains to trigger cancer,” Yingfei Ma, who worked on the study, said in a statement.

Such a community is called a microbiome, and scientists are learning that the populations of bacteria, yeast and viruses living in and on our bodies help in digestion, help control disease-causing bacteria, and may affect obesity, cancer and even mental health.

"Our study offers initial and broad evidence of a seemingly 'normal' HPV viral biome in people that does not necessarily cause disease and that could very well mimic the highly varied bacterial environment in the body, or microbiome, which is key to maintaining good health,” Pei added.

The study found that 40 percent of the HPV types live only on the skin.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 14 million people become newly infected each year with the cancer-causing forms of HPV. CDC says most sexually active men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives, but the infections usually clear up without causing harm.

  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: 14-year-old Drowning Victim Identified

    UPDATE: 14-year-old Drowning Victim Identified

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:47 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:47:41 GMT
    UPDATE: 14-year-old Drowning Victim IdentifiedMore >>
    UPDATE: 14-year-old Drowning Victim Identified
    More >>
  • 47 Dead, 11 Injured in Taiwan Plane Crash

    47 Dead, 11 Injured in Taiwan Plane Crash

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:32 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:32:24 GMT
    Photo Courtesy CNNPhoto Courtesy CNN
    Forty-seven people were killed and 11 were injured in Wednesday's plane crash on one of Taiwan's Penghu Islands, Taiwan's Central News Agency reported. CNA cited Taiwanese Transportation Minister Yeh Kuang-shih. The crash of the twin-engine turboprop plane happened outside Magong Airport at about 7 p.m., CNA reported earlier.CNN affiliate ETTV is reporting that the plane crashed into a residential building.The cause of the crash wasn't immediately known.Some media reports said the pl...More >>
    Forty-seven people were killed and 11 were injured in Wednesday's plane crash on one of Taiwan's Penghu Islands, Taiwan's Central News Agency reported. CNA cited Taiwanese Transportation Minister Yeh Kuang-shih. The crash of the twin-engine turboprop plane happened outside Magong Airport at about 7 p.m., CNA reported earlier.CNN affiliate ETTV is reporting that the plane crashed into a residential building.The cause of the crash wasn't immediately known.Some media reports said the pl...More >>
  • In Somber Ceremony, Dutch Welcome Home First Remains of MH17 Victims

    In Somber Ceremony, Dutch Welcome Home First Remains of MH17 Victims

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:27 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:27:29 GMT
    Photo Courtesy CNNPhoto Courtesy CNN
    A lone bugler marked the return home Friday of first dead from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The grieving European nation then held a moment of silence to honor those killed in the crash of the jetliner, downed last week by a suspected surface-to-air missile over war-torn eastern Ukraine.The bodies, borne in simple wooden caskets, were unloaded from the planes and into a fleet of waiting hearses. The only sounds, the hushed orders of marching soldiers and a whipping wind....More >>
    A lone bugler marked the return home Friday of first dead from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The grieving European nation then held a moment of silence to honor those killed in the crash of the jetliner, downed last week by a suspected surface-to-air missile over war-torn eastern Ukraine.The bodies, borne in simple wooden caskets, were unloaded from the planes and into a fleet of waiting hearses. The only sounds, the hushed orders of marching soldiers and a whipping wind....More >>
Click for Local Doppler Radar
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KCEN. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.